Metascore
31

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 7 out of 14
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  1. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Slap Happy. [16 February 1996, p.D4]
  2. Reviewed by: Darren Bignell
    60
    The real surprise is that it's a lot of fun, with Sandler becoming more personable as the film progresses, and a couple of truly side-splitting scenes.
  3. 50
    Several strokes short of a respectable finish.
  4. It may smell awful from a distance, especially if you have low tolerance for lowbrow humor, but up close this yarn about an unlikely golf star is fairly painless.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    50
    A genial and surprisingly self-contained performance by Adam Sandler.
  6. Adam Sandler is funny as the volatile hero, and the screenplay is just abrasive enough to keep the story surprising.
  7. The result is a movie that's hard to laugh at when its hero would surely be either in jail or perhaps even a mental institution were he to behave the way he does on screen in real life.
  8. 38
    Tells the story of a violent sociopath. Since it's about golf, that makes it a comedy.
  9. Adam Sandler stars in a one-joke Caddyshack for the blitzed and jaded.
  10. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    30
    Sorry excuse for a comedy.
  11. A way-below-par golfing comedy.
  12. Reviewed by: Joey O'Bryan
    11
    A lame, unoriginal comedy.
  13. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    10
    Added together, there are about three minutes of funny material in Happy Gilmore, and pretty much all of them are in the trailer, leaving a sometimes painfully unfunny 90 minutes with which to contend.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 172 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 53
  2. Negative: 2 out of 53
  1. Jun 25, 2012
    10
    Roger Ebert you are a fool! This film is one of the greatest comedies of all time! I don't think I go a day without saying "Shooter!". ThisRoger Ebert you are a fool! This film is one of the greatest comedies of all time! I don't think I go a day without saying "Shooter!". This one of my favorite films and everyone I know loves it so screw you critics the fans have spoken! I made this account because of this garbage. Im giving it a 10 to balance the ridiculous 31. But i'd give it an 80 overall. Full Review »
  2. Oct 13, 2013
    7
    Just about the only good Adam Sandler movie (I'm talking to you, Grown Ups!). Happy Gilmore is funny at times, and the message is prettyJust about the only good Adam Sandler movie (I'm talking to you, Grown Ups!). Happy Gilmore is funny at times, and the message is pretty heartfelt. It's not a classic for the ages, but Happy Gilmore is still up to par. Full Review »
  3. Dec 29, 2010
    9
    It's Adam Sandler's best movie by a mile. It's really funny but I don't know why the hell this movie's metascore is 31. If you ask me it'sIt's Adam Sandler's best movie by a mile. It's really funny but I don't know why the hell this movie's metascore is 31. If you ask me it's worth at least a 70. And Ben Stiller is VERY FUNNY. Full Review »